well now its ok cos I posted but when you first do a big post it takes a page
Was failed attempt at humour, will go back and sit in corner, sorry
I completely missed it, sorry
My blog post fixed the client though so you should be happy. Unibet turned everything back on so people don't have to read the post now.
Tuesday 22/11/16 - A day of two halves
So this is a new one for me. I'm writing this bit on Tuesday afternoon as I played some this morning and then I'll write tonight's action tomorrow and post it then. Not done this before, it feels a bit strange
Had to get up this morning to take my gf to a job interview so I had about 2 hours to kill before work and obviously there was only one choice.. play some poker!
It's slim pickings at 10am so I only had a few choices. Choice 1 was a €10 Turbo Deepstack that was at level 8 already. Even with only 2 hours to play the turnouts are not very big so I fully expected it to be wrapped up before 12. If you get up early enough for these things make sure and check out the late reg tourneys first. There was 30 entrants in this MTT and late reg ended when we were down to the final 10 or something like that. If you can get a quick double up with 10 left you're hourly rate in these things could be great. Anyway, we hit the final table of 6 right on the break at 11am. Everyone was at roughly the same 10-20BB stack size with one chip leader way ahead. Break time is a perfect time for a pee and a bagel I thought, so off I went. Toasting the bagel took a little longer than expected so when I sat down I had missed the first hand after the break. Squinting at the screen to try and see the virtually transparent cards I was met with every poker players worst nightmare.. auto-folding a good hand. Not quite aces, but the next best thing, kings! I had 10 or 11 BB so it would have been the perfect hand to shove and potentially double up on. Action folded round so I didn't even see a Ace high flop to make myself feel a little better A couple of hands later I pick up AJ and shove AIPF. Big stack in the big blind calls with A4 and I'm punished for taking too long to spread butter on a bagel. Min cashed for €8 or something like that.
While all that was going on I aso played a €4 PLO deepstack that was already in progress. Busted that when all the chips when in on a flop where I had nut straight only for the villain to river a flush. Last one to play was a €10 Turbo Bounty. I knew this wouldn't take long to play so it was an easy play. Ran pretty bad and busted without a bounty.
I still had well over half an hour before I had to get ready for work so I thought I'd play a little cash PLO. My go to game now is obviously PLO25 but there were only 6 players so I'd have to sit in a queue if I wanted to do that. I did what no BRM following player would do and sat down at PLO50 instead. I figured I'd get some early bird points as there was only 2 players and I could min buy in and basically pretend I'm playing PLO25. I lasted about 12 flops and lost a full buy in . I check back on both of my busting hands and I was flipping and ahead preflop so I'm calling it run bad
*Insert much time here, 48 hours or so*
... and I'm back! It's Thursday now so let's see what I can remember from 2 days ago.
I forgot to mention I played 2 heads up €1SNG in the morning and bricked both. I was just mucking about and shoving all in with most hands. Let's call it PLO tilt
The evening session started as they always do this month, with the 2 €4 bounty MTTs. I play these all the time anyway, regardless of the promo league running, and they always provide entertainment. Unfortunately we did not cash either and got no bounties to boot The PLO Bounty was much more 'bountiful' as we finished 3rd and collected 2 scalps. I'm going to start recording a few more PLO hands because I'm a fish at the game and need help I love playing it, I'm just not very good.
The Daily 4 always provided the play of the day. I was knocked out in a 3-way AIPF where I shoved for less than 10BB with 99, was called by KK and then a third player with the biggest stack felt J4 suited was the nuts and called. You already can guess who won.
The first twitch subscribers freeroll (which I am calling the subroll) was on Tuesday and, as always with community based events, was a lot of fun. It's always good to have the people you're playing in chat to needle and talk to about plays and action. Anyone who reads this probably already knows I shipped the gold trophy and the glory so I won't go into much detail about it. I picked up a double knockout early on which pretty much set me up to play big stack poker for the rest of the tourney.
I did want to talk about a situation that happened when we were 3 handed. I had Mynona to my right and MathrimC to my left, it had been this way all final table. Mynona had shoved on me several times on the FT when were blind on blind and I never had anything to defend. I mentioned this in twitch chat after it happened on two orbits in a row when there were still plenty of players left on the FT and was kindly informed the shoves were not light. Luukpoker had just been eliminated and we had played a few hands 3 handed when I was shoved on again. It felt like the 6th time in about twenty minutes and I'd had enough! I have QT off and called. Mynona had 88! There was a Q on the flop, it held and then I was heads up. Jonny mentioned in chat that he thought it was a bad call considering how tight Mynoma was playing and I agreed but didn't justify why I did it so here is my justification
Firstly, I levelled myself. I was openly given information on the type of hands Mynoma was shoving with and decided that by doing this it created a tight image that would allow for lighter shoves later on. I was wrong about that. It also meant I just didn't believe that every shove was with a good holding and the Q10 was the first time I had anything I could defend with. Turns out it was 53%/47% so I wasn't even that far behind. Lastly, I kinda felt bad. I've only been a sub for a month and a half and at that point I was guaranteed €40 cash and I had €55 of tickets from bounties already. If I lost, I really didn't mind. It's not really my money to win in the first place .
Anyway, the poker gods were being nice and that was that. €100 for first, 1x €25 MTT ticket, 2x €10 MTT tickets, 2x €10UO tickets and €2x SE sat tickets was the final haul. I dusted off the €10 tickets on the two late bounties and won nothing, including losing AQ < J2 in one of them . Overall, it's back on the winning track though with €40 profit for the day and plenty of tickets to play with now.
I can assure you every shove i made was legit and i made those shoves because i felt like you bet often on flop and later streets even without having a hand, or very lightly. Me being very nitty, i notice peole have a tendency to "play" me very much so i try to defend as i can
Congrats on the win on both days
Congrats to the win! How big were the blinds and the stacks(or maybe the Ms) in the last allin against Mynona? Btw I noticed that you played the €10 tourney and won only €8 with a minimum cash? Or it was the profit only (first tourney).
Wednesday 25/11/16 - Big wins and Beta clients
It's now Friday morning as I write this. I was adamant I was going to write Wednesday's blog yesterday so I had the full rage of using the beta client in my head but unfortunately work and life got in the way and I couldn't. I then used it last night again and was even more annoyed at it than on Wednesday so the onslaught of abuse is actually going to be even worse now
Let's get the poker out the way first. I played the usual batch of MTT league events with mixed success. Claimed a single bounty in the Deepstack but finished out the money, Gained another 3 scalps in the early bounty and was knocked out with QT on a Q58 board where the villain soul read the deck and called my all in with AJ and went runner runner for a straight . The other 3 were all early busts so no points for the board . I finished 5th in the Community league game, just missing out on the money, but getting some good points. I played the 2 €10 bounties at the end of the night but only managed a single bounty and no cashes. Not really the best of days.
I did play one other event however, the €25 Bounty. I knew the only real chance I had of turning the €25 ticket I won in the Subroll on Tuesday into actual money was to play a bounty and hope for a head or two. Well I took 7, including my own, and the gold trophy for finishing first . I remember very little about it because I was so tilted by the beta client I was just clicking buttons and not really paying attention. €280+ of profit I did pay attention to. That wipes out the earlier in the month slots mishap and puts me back into the +500 region for the month. I cleared 25k points too so that was another €5 in the bank. A successful day
So.. the client. I, like everyone else, was really excited to get this thing installed and take a look around. I expected it would be very similar to the web one but they've had some extra time to polish the desktop one and it's the main means for play for the majority of players, I assume, so it should be pretty much ready to go. I installed it on my work PC during lunch, clicked the icon to start it, got an error. Closed it, reopened it, and reached the lobby. I put it down to a little server overload with everyone logging in for the first time. Went to the MTT lobby, picked a running MTT so I could see what the tables looked like, saw a bug. The text between the name of the tourney and the ID overlaps. That took me less than 30 seconds to find. If I can find it in 30 seconds, the closed beta guys could have found it in 30 seconds, the staff could have found it in 30 seconds, Relax could have found it in 30 seconds. The most important person that could have found it? A new player.
I'm probably being naive about how the whole process of how building a new client works but from the outside it doesn't look like it's going very well. I'm not going to go into a) the bugs I've found so far and b) the backwards steps the new version has taken compared to 1.0 because this blog isn't really the place for them and the two two text files I've got on my laptop desktop with my input to a and b could pass for a dissertation so they'll need to be separate posts anyway . At one point last night during an MTT the number above raise said 240 and when I clicked raise 160 chips appeared on the table... . It happened more than once too!
I do not know how big or active the closed beta was (i've heard rumours) but it looks from here that either it wasn't very active, or the bugs are not being cleared very quickly. My understanding is that there were some regulatory issues preventing some territories entering the closed beta, which is fine, but I think a larger and more public player base should have at least been able to look at the client way before the point we're at now. Dummy accounts with no money in them and no way of depositing could have been used to at least look at the visuals/layouts to provide feedback. I would have been quite happy to take part in play money or €0 with no prize MTTs to test the software and I know other players would have too. I understand Unibet has been stuck between a rock and hard place the last few months because everyone wants to get away from Adobe Air as soon as possible and get the new client out but having used it for the last two sessions it feel like 1.0 MK2, not 2.0, which isn't a good.
I really hope they don't push 2.0 on the Dec 1st and leave the original client usable for the foreseeable future because it isn't a stable release just now and I don't think it's good to have the entire player base using a beta client for the next few months . I believe the mailshot has already gone out telling everyone about the release (an email I didn't get ) so it's probably too late, unless they can change the installer to not delete 1.0, and give people the option to choose.
I suppose I just disgruntled that, as a customer, I've been under the impression that the new client would be better.. and it's not. I hope it will be in the future but when you have active, regular players wanting to install the old, buggy client in order to play something has gone wrong along the line. I believe Unibet will end up being the one of, if not the best place for players to play poker on the internet and although it seems like I always moan about things it's because I want them to achieve that. It's in my best interests for it to happen. Bigger prizepools, better promotions, more game types.. these are all things that help me. I've, along with other players, tried whenever possible to provide constructive criticism/bug reports about the client, nothing appears to be happening, and it's frustrating. I just want it to be really good!
This could all probably look just an over inflation of self worth on my part. A feeling of entitlement with being on the community from the start that my opinions should be looked at or matter more (They don't.). There probably is a little of that to be honest but it's coming from a history of providing honest options to try and improve the product. From the first day I made my first deposit I've been in the 2+2 thread requesting things and asking questions. Don't get me wrong, I'm rarely right about things, and the staff know a lot more about how things should work than I do but we've been provided a soapbox so i'm going to use it whenever I feel it's appropriate
I feel clensed now . I'll post the bugs and critique of the client over the weekend, I want to get more screenshots and playing time in before the final moan . I suggest everyone tries the beta, just to see i've I'm talking nonsense if nothing else . It's a decent % of the way there and there are some good additions tbh, it's really not all bad. I'll probably type out last nights action this afternoon and then we'll be all up to date.. lovely
@Mynona, I wasn't suggesting you intentionally tried to deceive me, I've just watched too much TV poker where they talk about setting up a tight image to use to your advantage later. I was basically reading into it too much.
@psrquack, when I talk about profit in the blog I mean MTT cash - buyin. The cash was €18 but I have a column in my results sheet that shows actual profit so I just use that normally. As for the BBs in the Subroll, I'm not actually sure. I think everyone was less than 20 at that point. It wasn't a long term profitable move I admit but I was feeling gambly
I think the percent was ok against Mynonas actual but against her entire range i think you would be a bit worse, 88 is more than likely at the lower end of hands shes shoving.
I also agree that the new client is just not looking ready, The graphics look like "we will just stick it there for now till we get time to do it proper" .
If the cosmetic side doesn't seem finished it gives a lot of concern on in what state the actual mechanics of the software are in.
Really hoping you can delay the release of the new client and find a way for us professional moaners to rip it to shreds and find as many bugs as possible before full release.
Me and @MoreTBC could probably be convinced to go on an expenses paid trip for a month to a country that lets us play, to find all them bugs